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A new study in The Lancet Infectious Diseases found that revaccination may benefit HIV-infected children. There is currently no standard or official recommendation on revaccination.

In Nairobi’s slums, a community group called the Mathare Youth Sports Association is working with more than 20,000 youth to reduce HIV rates through sports. According to this PlusNews article, the broad appeal of football makes it a powerful tool in HIV prevention.

A commentary from Ken Mayer, co-chair of the Global Center’s Scientific Advisory Committee, appears in JAIDS this month. In it, he and coauthors discuss pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an HIV prevention tool, outlining a structure for PrEP implementation in clinical settings.

Hillary Clinton recently said the following in a pitch for the Global Health Initiative:

We are focusing on maternal mortality because that is so measurable. We know where we have a better idea of what works and what it will take to have more women deliver babies successfully. There’s all kinds of interventions from the very simplest, like a safe birthing kit, which is a piece of twine and a clean razor blade and a bar of soap and a piece of plastic to put under the women, all the way up to tertiary care for complicated pregnancies…

On the Center for Global Development’s Global Health Policy blog, Nandini Oomman and April Harding ask the question: Is this true? Does the global health community already know for certain how to improve maternal and child health?  Oomman and Harding point out that while we often know what treatments will work, we still have a lot to learn about which delivery strategies can translate that knowledge into practice.

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